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NBA Power Rankings (2022 Fantasy Basketball)

Jul 7, 2022
Stephen Curry

As we enter the NBA offseason, the answers to many questions lie ahead. Where will Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving end up? Is Deandre Ayton staying or going? Will the Lakers find a team to take on the black hole that is Russell Westbrook’s contract?

All these questions and more remain at the forefront of our minds as we enter not only the offseason but the second wave of free agency. If you haven’t caught up on what your favorite team or player has done this offseason, check out our NBA Offseason Tracker.

With things settling down, let’s take a look at my perspective on the 2022-2023 NBA season and power-rank the teams with betting odds accordingly.

Odds using BettingPros consensus NBA championship odds

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2022 NBA Power Rankings

1. Golden State Warriors (+600)
After last season’s victory, it’s no surprise Golden State and Steph Curry top my list for next season. Adding potentially the steal of the draft in Patrick Baldwin Jr. to a core that lost only Gary Payton Jr., Otto Porter Jr. and Damion Lee, the Warriors remain in good standing, with breakout rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody ready to step in. Something to keep an eye on is the rumor of a potential package that wouldd send both rookies along with James Wiseman and picks to the Nets for Kevin Durant.

2. Boston Celtics (+500)
After acquiring Malcolm Brogdon for next to nothing last week, the C’s vaulted to the top of the odds board for the NBA Championship next season. Adding one of the best shooters in the league and one of only a handful of guys with the ability to shoot 50/40/90 is no small thing. Brogdon’s playmaking is exactly what the Celtics need to put them over the hump.

3. Milwaukee Bucks (+600)
If we are being honest, the Bucks would’ve won the Finals last season if Khris Middleton was healthy. Taking Boston to a seventh game without him was a huge success, and running it back with the same crew after adding a few new additions in rookie MarJon Beauchamp and Joe Ingles makes Milwaukee that much scarier. The Bucks are also viewed as a sneaky contender by some former professionals.

4. Los Angeles Clippers (+700)
The return of Kawhi Leonard should put the league on notice. The subtle moves the Clippers made last season by adding Robert Covington and Norman Powell at the deadline were strokes of genius. Both players are prototypes of what Pascal Siakam was in Toronto when Leonard helped the Raptors win in 2019.

5. Phoenix Suns (+650)
Is Kevin Durant coming? Is Deandre Ayton staying? So much confusion swirling around the Suns. With Chris Paul not getting any younger, the Suns must capitalize on their window now and hopefully can remain the No. 1 seed they have been for the past two seasons.

6. Philadelphia 76ers (+1400)
Thanks to James Harden, the 76ers were able to make a handful of excellent moves this offseason, including snatching P.J. Tucker from their Eastern Conference rivals, the Miami Heat. With virtually the same core of excellent players and an array of chips to potentially use to add Kevin Durant, the 76ers are looking like one of the best value bets on the board for 2022.

7. Denver Nuggets (+2000)
Will the Nuggets ever get Nikola Jokic help? Rumored to be one of the likeliest destinations for Durant thanks to Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. coming back healthy, Denver is set up for success in 2022 — with or without Durant. Adding both young stars and a few nice pieces in free-agency and the draft, Denver is poised for a rebound in 2022-2023.

8. Dallas Mavericks (+2000)
Luka the magician nearly took the Mavericks to the Finals last season, but he ran out of gas against the eventual champs. Moving Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie ended up as a grand slam, but that trade had consequences in the Western Conference Finals, as Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell were near-unplayable. Adding stretch big man Christian Wood for a late first-rounder was an excellent move for the Mavericks.

9. Memphis Grizzlies (+2000)
The team with the second-best record in the league has a core that has not even scratched the surface of its capabilities. With Steven Adams being the oldest player on the team at just 28, the Grizzlies are set up for success this season.

10. Miami Heat (+1000)
With Miami losing key contributor P.J. Tucker, I’ve downgraded the Heat significantly. The departure of Tucker, a fiery competitor who stretched the floor, is a major loss for a team that was once again knocking on the door of a championship. The Heat are players in the Durant sweepstakes, but with few assets and little financial flexibility to make the move, it’s likely we see the Heat run it back with basically the same roster this season.

11. Atlanta Hawks (+5000)

12. New Orleans Pelicans (+4000)

13. Minnesota Timberwolves (+4000)

14. Los Angeles Lakers (+1200)

15. Toronto Raptors (+2500)

16. Brooklyn Nets (+2800)

17. Chicago Bulls (+6000)

18. Cleveland Cavaliers (+10000)

19. Charlotte Hornets (+15000)

20. Portland Trail Blazers (+10000)

21. New York Knicks (+15000)

22. Sacramento Kings (+50000)

23. Indiana Pacers (+50000)

24. Utah Jazz (+15000)

25. Detroit Pistons (+50000)

26. Washington Wizards (+15000)

27. Oklahoma City Thunder (+100000)

28. Houston Rockets (+100000)

29. San Antonio Spurs (+50000)

30. Orlando Magic (+50000)


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